Jesse Chavez

Another pitcher who could be returning to the Indy Indians for 2007:
relief pitcher
born:� 8/21/1983� in Victorville, California
Ht: 6′ 1″��� Wt: 160 lb.
B: Right���� T: Right
Chavez was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2001, but elected not to sign at that point.� After one year at Riverside�Community College, he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2002 draft, and signed with them.� He worked his way up through the Rangers’ minor league system, with stops in Spokane (Low A)�in 2003, and Clinton (A) in 2004.��Over those two�seasons, he started in 30 of�his 44�appearances.��He split 2005 between Bakersfield (High A) and Frisco (AA), appearing in 42 games between the two clubs, and pitching 81.1 innings over the season, all in relief.� He had a 4.65 ERA, giving up 87 hits, walking 34, with 58 strikeouts.�
Chavez returned to Frisco to begin the 2006 season.� In 59.0 innings, all in relief, he struck out 70 and had a 4.42 ERA with 2 wins and 5 losses.� He was promoted to Oklahoma (AAA) and in his first and only game with the Red Hawks on July 29th, he pitched 2 innings, giving up 3 hits, one earned run, and striking out three.� Two days later, at the trading deadline, Chavez was traded to the Pirates’ organization in exchange for RHP Kip Wells.� Chavez reported to Indy, where he finished the season.� He pitched in relief in 12 games for the Indians.� In 17 innings, he gave up 18 hits, 9 walks, and struck out 15, for a 4.24 ERA, two wins and one loss.� He spent the fall of 2006 with the Grand Canyon Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, where he performed quite well.� He pitched 14 innings in relief, giving up only 6 hits and 3 walks, with 11 strikeouts, for a 0.64 ERA, 3 wins and 4 saves with no losses.� Opposing players were able to hit only .122 AVG against him.
Chavez has been a non-roster invitee to the Pirates’ spring training camp.� He has seen action in 4 Grapefruit League “A” games, pitching an inning each time.� He’s given up 7 hits and 2 earned runs, with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts.� Unless he has been doing significantly better in the “B” games, this isn’t likely to keep him with the major league club.� Look for him to return to Indy for the start of the 2007 season, as a key member of Trent Jewett’s bullpen.
The Indians put up 10 hits but only scored 2 runs, as they lost their first Spring Training AAA game to the Louisville Bats, 8 – 3.� The Indians’ outfielders scored first, on a single by LF Nyjer Morgan, a triple by CF Rajai Davis, and a ground out RBI by RF Adam Boeve.� Morgan hit 4 singles in the game, and SS Javier Guzman went 2 for 3 with a home run.� Louisville’s Earl Snyder and Chris Dickerson let the Bats’ scoring with a home run each.� Indians’ pitcher Felipe Garcia was the losing pitcher.
Remember that the rosters have in no way been set at this point — so just because a player appears in one of these AAA-level spring training games, does not necessarily mean that he has been assigned to the Indians’ roster.
Go Tribe!

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Spring Training Game 18: Bucs/Devil Rays Thread, Pirates to Sign Soler

As far as I can tell, it’s as if this game doesn’t exist: No Gameday Audio, no MLB.TV, no FM NewsTalk 104.7. What, a matchup between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay doesn’t excite you? Tom Gorzelanny takes the ball for the Bucs in need of a solid outing. Consider these updated Grapefruit League stats for our rotation candidates, sorted by innings pitched:   IP GB FB K BB Pitches Strikes Duke 13 18 10 10 3 81 68 Snell...

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Stat Rats #2 — Answers

How did you do?
For each of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2006:
1. Which pitcher had the lowest ERA?
AAA-Indy — Matt Whiteside� 1.69 ERA (26.2� IP); second- Scott Strickland� 2.09 ERA (73.1 IP)
AA-Altoona — Josh Sharpless �0.86 ERA (21.0 IP); second – Shane Youman �1.51 (95.1 IP)
A-Lynchburg — Derrik Moeves� 3.16 ERA (25.2 IP); second – Wardell Starling� 3.18 ERA (73.2 IP)
A- Hickory — Derek Drage �0.72 ERA (25 IP); second -�David Davidson� 1.93 ERA (56 IP)
A/SS– Williamsport (last year’s affiliate) — Jason Herman� 2.00 ERA (27 IP); second – Patrick Bresnahan� 2.25 ERA (68 IP)
GCL– Yoffri Martinez� 1.32 (27 IP); second – Matthew McCullen� 2.05 (22 IP)
2. Which pitcher had the most strikeouts?
AAA-Indy — Marty McLeary� 115; second – Tom Gorzelanny� 94
AA-Altoona — Jorge Vasquez� and Micheal Connolly, both with 87
A-Lynchburg — Kyle Bloom� 108; second – Derek Hankins� 70
A- Hickory — Todd Redmond� 148; second – David Davidson� 72
A/SS-Williamsport — Patrick Bresnahan�and Henry Cabrera, both with 59
GCL — Dionis Rodriguez� 41; second – Eric Ridener� 34
3. Which batter had the most strikeouts?
AAA-Indy� — Yurendell de Caster 100; second – J.J. Furmaniak� 85
AA-Altoona — Simon Pond� 121; second – Ray Sadler 88
A-Lynchburg — Pedro Powell� 87; second – Vince Rooi��83
A-Hickory — Steve Lerud� 146; second – Brad Corley� 109
A/SS-Williamsport — Alexander Presley� 55; second – Miles Durham� 49
GCL — Yonelvy Canal� 47; second – Victor Igsema� 34
The Pirates were having a hit-o-rama today, with a total of 31 hits in the two games against Cincinnati.� Among those getting a piece of the action were:� Yurendell de Caster 2 for 2, with a double; Chris Truby 1 for 1; Michael Ryan 3 for 5, with a double; Don Kelly 2 for 3, with a double; Andrew McCutchen 2 for 5; Brian Bixler 2 for 5.� In the second game, Sean Burnett pitched 4 innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks, with 4 strikeouts, but no runs.
Three more weeks until the Indians’ Opening Day!
Go Tribe!

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Question #1: Earlier this off-season, Dave Littlefield said: “Right now, we’re very cautious about duplicating the positions and the players that we have in those positions.” Do you agree with the practice of trying Neil Walker, Ryan Doumit and Brad Eldred at other positions because the Pirates already have Ronny Paulino and Adam LaRoche entrenched as starters? How would abandoning their natural positions affect their...

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